With its ripe, bold appearance, it's easy to see why the cherry tattoo design has been embraced as body art by so many people. People have been consuming cherries for much of human history; their flavors range from tart to sweet, and they are commonly found on top of ice cream sundaes and banana splits.
In art, cherry designs provide a bold splash of color and appeal. In terms of symbolism, cherries can represent several different things. Although you won't find massive tomes dedicated to the cherry, you'll find it in many works of skin art and tattooed onto many people's bodies.
Cherries as Food.
Cherries are native to most of Europe. Therefore, many ancient peoples consumed them. It's easy to see why - after all, they are delicious right off the tree. These fleshy fruits are almost perfect; their pits are their only drawback.
However, it's a small price to pay for the delectable taste that they provide. If you've never had the pleasure of picking a fresh cherry right off the tree and popping it into your mouth, you haven't really lived. On ice cream sundaes, maraschino cherries are the topping of choice.
Of course, cherries aren't just used in tattoo artwork, sundaes and other ice cream treats. The most popular cherry dessert is probably good old cherry pie. When baked properly, a cherry pie is the perfect thing to top off an incredible meal. Some people like to put a dollop of whipped cream on their cherry pies; others prefer to enjoy theirs with scoops of ice cream.
Look, most books, movies and music don't include cherry tattoo design references. Sure, cherries are delicious - and even nutritious; however, they aren't exceptionally exciting. Like anything else, though, there are a few notable exceptions.
If you watched the show Twin Peaks, you probably remember a scene in which Audrey Horne - played by Sherilyn Fenn - tied a cherry stem with her tongue. The scene became one of the most famous in the entire history of the show, and spurred many people to try and do it themselves. Tying a cherry stem with your tongue is possible, but it takes a heck of a lot of practice.
The video for the song featured a scantily clad model who was, ostensibly, supposed to represent the cherry pie.The song was probably Warrant's most successful and popular effort. It is still played on rock stations to this day, and it can get stuck in your head for days on end.
Another cherry design reference in pop culture comes from the hair metal band Warrant. Their song, "Cherry Pie," is all about some hot woman who they liken to a slice of cherry pie tattoo.